Glance to the Earth

"Glance to the Earth"
Program:  PKC - Volcano Plosky Tolbachik and surroundings - Bystraya River rafting - Valley of Geysers - PKC
13 days 12 nights


Day Day's program Overnight Meals included
1 Day

Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport (PKC)
Meeting with our guide
Transfer to Paratunka valley.
Accommodation in one of the rest bases with thermal water pool inside.
Check in and rest after long way to Kamchatka.
Evening briefing with guide, talking about program, what and why questions.
Overnight in the rest base

Hotel in Paratunka
2 Day

Early breakfast in the rest base
Transportation to Kozirevsk settlement
Leaving for Central Kamchatka, to Kozirevsk settlment by "vakhtovka". About 600 km, about 10 hours along only highway from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to Ust-Kamchatsk.

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Several stops along the road. Crossing the Kamchatka river. Lunch on the route.
Fix the tent camp in the region of Kozirevsk.
Dinner and overnight in the tent camp
For extra payment accommodation in the cotteges is possible (must be prebooked and prepaid)

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Optional - local sauna.

Tent camp or cotteges BLD
3 Day

Early breakfast in the camp or cotteges
Moving to the foot of the volcano Plosky Tolbachik.
Start transportation at 8.00.
The road passes through the larch taiga, crossing wooded hills, swampy areas and with a gradual climb leads to the volcanic plateau of the Tolbachik volcano, at an altitude of about 1000 meters. 

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Fixing the base camp in the valley of the Kleshnya hill. Lunch in the camp. 

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Excursion to the volcanic cone of the 2012-13 eruption. Side eruption of the volcano Ploskiy (Flat) Tolbachik in 2012-13 and numerous new lava fields left large areas South of Ploskiy Tolbachik lifeless. Walk through a hardened lava flow to the eruption cone. The ascent of the cone. The height difference is about 300 m. Exploration of lava caves. 

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Return to the base camp by 20.00.
Dinner and Overnight in tents.

Tent camp BLD
4 Day

Early breakfast in the camp
Visiting the Northern volcanic cones, result of Great Tolbachik Eruption 1975-76.
Driving along "dead" forest (forest burned by lava) roads to the Northen break of the Big Tolbachinskiy Creck eruption. The ascent of the cones of the volcanoes, "Goryely les" (forest burned by lava). Lunch. 

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Visiting the Zvezda crater. Hardened lava flows and lava caves.
Return to the camp by 20.00. Rest. Overnight in tents.

Tent camp BLD
5 Day

Early breakfast at the camp.
Ascent of the Volcano Ploskiy Tolbachik.
The hardest day during the program. Start for the ascent of the Plosky Tolbachik volcano (3085m) at 7.00. 

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Light lunch during the ascent. Investigatoin of the huge crater 1,8 km in diameter and 500 m depth. 

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Return to the camp at 21.00. Dinner at the camp. Overnight in tents.

Tent camp BLD
6 Day

Early breakfast at the camp
Leaving for Esso settlement (220km, 9 hours) passing by Kozirevsk settlement. Crossing the river Kamchatka. Lunch on the way.
In Esso accommodation in the home-style private hotel. Rooms for 2-4 pax. Dinner in Esso.
Thermal waterpool

Homestay or hotel BLD
7 Day

Breakfast at the homestay
Excursion to the Ethnography museum in Esso.  

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Leaving for Malky settlement (400km, 6 hours). Lunch during the way. Fixing the tent camp on the bank of Bystraya river. Dinner at the camp.
Bathing in mineral-thermal springs (who wish).

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Optional: for additional payment it is possible to be accommodated in local camping in Malky settlement.

Tent camp or cotteges BLD
8 Day

Early breakfast at the camp
Rafting on the Malkinskaya Bystraya river.
Start of rafting on the Bystraya river (1.5-2 hours, 14-16 km.). 

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Setting up a tent camp. Dinner. Overnight in tents. 

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Tent camp
9 Day

Early breakfast in the camp.
Rafting on the Malkinskaya Bystraya river.
Rafting (6-8 hours). Passing simple river rapids. If you are lucky, you will see a brown bear. Kamchatka brown bear is the largest in the world. During the rafting - lunch. Traditional Kamchatka fish cuisine. Fish soup. 

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Setting up a tent camp. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Tent camp
10 Day

Early breakfast in the camp.
End of the rafting. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.  
Carrying out the final part of the rafting (2-3 hours - 15 km). The end of the rafting at the "Japanese" or "Karimayskiy" bridge.
Transfer to Petropavlovsk OR to Paratunka(3.5 hours-200 km). Check-in at the hotel in City or at rest base in Paratunka (with swimming in thermal waterpool) by 21.00. Rest.
Dinner is by own arrangements

Hotel in PKC or Hotel in Paratunka BL-
11 Day

Breakfast in the hotel.

Helicopter tour to the Valley of Geysers.
Transfer to the heliport. 5-hour excursion to Valley of Geysers: flight to Valley of Geysers - 1h 15 min. On the way fly around the Karymsky and Maly Semyachik volcanoes with an acid lake in the crater. Landing in the Valley of Geysers, 2-hour walking tour. Lunch. 

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Flight to Caldera of the Volcano Uzon. Walk about 1 hour in walking zone

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Return to the heliport and transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to the hotel
In case of bad weather, the tour to the Valley of Geysers is postponed or rescheduled to another days. 

Hotel in PKC BL-
12 Day

Breakfast in the hotel
Boat tour of the Avacha Bay
Transfer to the seaport. 5-hour boat trip along the Avacha Bay, with a visit to the island of Starichkov.
The boat goes along the Avacha Bay to the rocks "Three brothers". Panorama of the Avacha range of volcanoes. Panorama of Petropavlovsk. Then sail to the island of Starichkov. The rookery, rookery of seals. Coastal landscapes and bays. Lunch on the boat. Return to the port by 15.00. 

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Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to the hotel

Hotel in PKC BL-
13 Day

Breakfast in the hotel.
Tranfser to airport and flight home




Included in the price:
transfer, meals in hotels (breakfasts) and on the route (three times a day), guides, cook, equipment and equipment for organizing a field camp, equipment for rafting, tents, sleeping bag, mat, accommodation in hotels in Petropavlovsk and Paratunka, in tents along the route, insurance (local).

The price does not include: individual equipment, helicopter tour to the Valley of Geysers is paid additionally on the spot.


on the active part: main guide, cook;

on the rafting: skipper for each Raft, cook;


3 times a day for the entire length of the tour;

transportation during the tour

meeting and seeing off at the airport-for a group bus 12-20 seats

on the route to the volcanoes-for a group all-terrain vehicle 6 WD 15 seats

excursions within city roads - for a group minibus 8-12 seats


in Petropavlovsk

hotel of 2-3*, DBL, BB.

in Paratunka

hotel of rest base, DBL, BB., thermal pool.

on the route

2-3 persons local tents

You must have: a backpack or a roomy travel bag, light sports shoes, hiking boots, fleece jacket, shirt, t-shirts, trekking pants, thermal underwear, a hooded jacket, rain raincoat, spare pants, spare socks, sports cap or baseball cap, gloves, personal hygiene items, bathing accessories, a flashlight, a personal first aid kit, sunglasses, repellent, sunscreen, an additional small backpack or bag with a volume of up to 30 liters.

Prices do not include domestic flight Mos-PK-Mos, or other domestic flights, as well as international flights to Russia

At the moment flight is 600-700 EUR (60 000-80 000 RUB) per pax two way.

Package price does NOT include the cost of the helicopter excursion to Valley of Geysers.

In case the weather allows to realize this excursion, payment must be done on spot in cash.

Price of Helicopter excursion is 650 EUR (60 000 RUB) per pax at the present moment.

NB: parts of program can be rearranged depending on weather conditions on spot.

Short description of the Tolbachik Volcano and surroundings.

Tolbachik in wikipedia
Tolbachik in summitpost

The Tolbachik volcano area is famous for its landscapes and its formation. The scientists remember so-called The Tolbachik eruption of the Century.

The Tolbachik eruption of the century is called the Big Cleft Tolbachinsky eruption and it is considered one of the largest basalt eruptions ever known in the volcano belt of the Kuril islands and Kamchatka. It lasted for one and a half years (July, 1975 - December, 1976) and was included in the list of six the most powerful cleft eruptions ever happened on the Earth.

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The events were evolving in the mid of a wood 18 km to the south from the Plosky volcano (=the Flat volcano). The eruption was accurately forecasted and studied by the scientists of the Institute of Volcanology (P.I. Tokarev). The flaming "candle" reached 2,5 km in height, and the ash cloud was 12 km long. In sequence, new clefts evolved one after another, and as a result four new cones of the Tolbachinsky volcanoes were formed (from 100 to 300 m high). 

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The enormous territory around them turned into a burnt desert, the forest captured by the ash fall dried off to the root. Lakes and rivers disappeared. Those animals that had survived left the area for the best.

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The tourists are captivated and mesmerized by the lunar landscapes of the Tolbachik volcano. No wonder, in this area the Sovjet lunar vehicles were tested several years ago. Usually the acquaintance with the Tolbachik volcano starts with the Northern cones.

From the top of the Northern cones there is a magnificent view of the Klyuchevskaja group of volcanoes: the Ostry (=Sharp) Tolbachik, the Plosky (=Flat) Tolbachik, the Klyuchevskoj volcano, the Malaja and the Bolshaja Udina, the Bezymyanny (=Nameless) volcano. The Klyuchevskoj volcano (4850 m) is considered to be the highest volcano in Eurasia.

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The way to the Southern cones is also picturesque, the landscape is different and diverse: first you pass by the fantastic dead forest, go through molten lava and coniferous forest where the master the brown bear is. It is a full day itinerary to the Southern cones.If the group is physically able, it can undertake an ascend onto the Plosky (=Flat) Tolbachik - a full day ascend.

On the way back it is possible to get into the Milkovo settlement or the Esso village. In Esso you can stay at a very comfortable private hotel, take thermal bath in a swimming-pool and see a folklore indigenous performance.


Along 53rd Parallel

Dossier of the tour "Along 53rd Parallel"

Glance to the Earth

Heli-Ski in Kamchatka

Klyuchevskaya Sopka Climbing